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September 15, 2016
by Danny Chan
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Toyota & BMW Team Up to Reignite the Supra Flame

After the Toyota Supra was discontinued in 2002, the manufacturer was reluctant to proclaim a successor to the acclaimed sports car, ultimately handing the reins to its Celica model. Now, with the BMW Z4 approaching its own discontinuation, both Toyota and the German company have announced their collaboration on two new sports cars that have yet to be named—at least, not officially. In fact, much about these new models is unknown. Their silence has sparked debates not just at our Toyota dealership in Sarasota, but also with others across Florida and the country. What will these new models look like? Are they based on current styles? Will they be released here in America?

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Photo: blog.caranddriver.com

Here’s what we know about the newest Toyota Supra (and BMW Z4) replacements.  Continue Reading →

August 8, 2016
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The 2017 Toyota Camry is Full of New Features

As the newest addition to our inventory at Germain, the 2017 Toyota Camry carries over the model’s best-selling design and performance—remember its comprehensive bumper-to-bumper facelift in 2015?—while also going an extra mile to offer owners more bang for their buck. Toting a slew of new features, both standard and optional, the newest Camry gives off feel-good vibes inside and out. What’s most impressive is the 2017 Camry’s MSRP, which is unchanged from the ‘16 model year, semantically making these features free. Rich in features yet low on price—who couldn’t get on board with that?

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Available now at Germain Toyota of Sarasota, the 2017 Camry cars are ready to be taken for a test drive. Check out what’s new with the 2017 Camry lineup below, and view the new Camrys for sale at our new car dealership near Bradenton to see why America’s most popular sedan is primed for yet another breakout year.

Introducing the 2017 Camry Lineup

The new Camry lineup features four sedan trims (LE, SE, XSE, and XLE), as well as three Hybrid trims (LE, SE, XLE). All are boldly going where no Camry has gone before, bolstering Toyota’s already well-documented commitment to their customers.

Camry LE – In the base 2017 Camry LE (and across the entire Camry lineup), owners can expect standard styling and performance that’s anything but. Equipped with Toyota’s impressive 2.4L four-cylinder DOHC engine, the LE is rated at 33 highway mpg, making it as mighty a fuel-sipper as you’ll find in the segment. All-season tires are new and help the car grip the road in both wet and dry conditions. Its track is wider than years past, allowing the Camry to accelerate through twists and turns like a mongoose (or something similarly agile). The cabin is ultra-quiet thanks to sound absorption enhancements.

Other standard features found in the Camry LE include a rearview camera, TPMS, Toyota Entune infotainment system, a 6.1-inch screen, Star Safety System, and Whiplash-Injury-Lessening (WIL) seats. Continue Reading →

July 8, 2016
by Danny Chan
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12 Must-Attend Summer Events near Sarasota, FL

Summer is a season to celebrate, and what better way to do that than by participating in your local community’s events, festivals, and activities?

As a premier new and used car dealer in Sarasota, we’ve got our finger on the pulse of all that is exceptional, all that is thrilling, all that will pique your interests. No, we’re not just talking about our incredible Toyota lease specials; we’re talking about the region’s greatest festivities that you can enjoy with family and friends. Check out these 12 summertime events we’ve deemed as “must-attend,” and the year 2016 may very well be your most memorable.

The Best July Events around Sarasota

Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Bout (July 16th)

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Photo Credit: Bradentucky Bombers Facebook Page

Modern roller derby is nothing like the “sport” from the 60s and 70s when elbows to the face were commonplace and helmets were considered optional apparel.

Now refined, flat track roller derby combines a bit of the hard-hitting action from decades past with actual rules—you won’t be seeing body slams without penalties, folks—helping derby grow into one of the most exciting sports in Florida and around the country. Cheer on the local Bradentucky Bombers girls as they pivot, jam, and block their way around the track.

Visit bradentuckybombers.com for more details. Tickets are available for purchase at the door or for pre-sale here at brownpapertickets.com.

Location: Astro Skate Center in Bradenton, FL
Price: $6 – $10 (ages 5 and under are FREE)
Time: 5:00 PM

Monday Night Men’s Summer Golf League (July 18th)

Re-grip your driver, scrub your club heads, and pack your bag for a friendly yet competitive summer full of golf. Continue Reading →

June 22, 2016
by Danny Chan
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Florida Child Car Seat Regulations, Tips, & Resources

In a recent report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that vehicle collisions were the leading cause of death in children aged 3 and every age from 5 to 14. At Germain Toyota of Sarasota, we’re saddened by this report, but proud that the state of Florida is combating this by bulking up its child car seat laws after years of legislation and debate.

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Photo source: safercar.gov

As a Toyota dealership near Bradenton, we’re doing our part to fight the good fight by offering our fellow Floridians some of the safest vehicles on the market. If you’re about to have a child and are in need of a new vehicle—a vehicle in which you can feel completely safe—contact us at 855-826-1499 to discover your options. We have one of the largest inventories of new Toyotas and pre-owned cars in Sarasota, so you’ll have no trouble locating the vehicle that fits your budget and needs perfectly.

2015’s New Child Car Seat Laws in Florida

In January 2015, the child car seat laws in Florida changed. When once they were some of the most lax regulations in the country, they’re now on par with the rest of the states’ laws. As of 2016, the Florida child car seat regulations are separated by the following age groups: Continue Reading →

May 20, 2016
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2016’s 5 Best Father’s Day Events in Sarasota, FL

When it comes to fatherhood, the late, great American basketball icon Jim Valvano articulated what many of us can’t: “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”

How can that be repaid?

Start by treating your dad to an incredible Father’s Day weekend this year. We at your Toyota dealership near Bradenton suggest you try one of these five special events in the Sarasota and Tampa Bay area. It may not seem like much to you, but to him, it’ll mean the world.

The Great Father’s Day Race (5K Run/Walk)

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For dads who prefer shin splints over heart stents, the annual Great Father’s Day Race at Sarasota’s Siesta Key Beach would certainly be in their wheelhouse.

Whether you accompany him on the sand or cheer him on from the sidelines, your dad will be one of the hundreds of walkers, joggers, and sprinters participating in this 5K. All participants will receive a Dri-Fit shirt, goodie bag, medal, and other prizes—no matter their final position!

Registration will start at 7 a.m., and the race will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 18th. Online registration through active.com will continue through June 17th. Participants can register on race day, as well. More information about this event can be found here.

Summer Circus Spectacular 10th Anniversary Performance & Gala

On Saturday, June 18th, the Summer Circus Spectacular will be celebrating its 10th anniversary, and you’re invited to bring Dad along to witness every flip and tumble. Continue Reading →

May 6, 2016
by Chris Crowley
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We’re Proud to Sponsor the School-Related Employee of the Year

SARASOTA, May 6, 2016 — Each year, the Sarasota County School District celebrates the professionalism and work ethic of its employees by selecting an annual School-Related Employee of the Year. The tradition will continue for the 27th year at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 11, at Michael’s on East in Sarasota. School Board Chairwoman Shirley Brown and Superintendent of Schools Lori White will be among the speakers.

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The 2016 honoree will be named from among 49 nominees selected from the approximately 2,100 support staff members who work throughout the district’s schools and departments. All nominees will be honored at the luncheon. (Click here for a list of all 49 honorees.)

After the overall School-Related Employee of the Year is announced at the luncheon, he or she will become a goodwill ambassador for the district for the following 12 months.

As with the district’s Teacher of the Year designation, many worthy support staff members vie for the title of School-Related Employee of the Year. All employees who are not teachers or administrators are eligible to be nominated, including teacher’s aides, clerical workers, bus drivers, food service workers, custodians and groundskeepers, to name a few.

Charlie Brown, the district’s 2015 School-Related Employee of the Year, will be on hand at the luncheon to pass the torch to the 2016 honoree. Brown is a school bus driver.

For the 10th consecutive year, the Lead Sponsor of the School-Related Employee of the Year program is Germain Toyota of Sarasota. As the company has done for the past nine years, Germain Toyota is honoring all district employees through its sponsorship of the program and by providing the district’s School-Related Employee of the Year with the use of a new car for a year.

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April 22, 2016
by George Stamos
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New 2016 Toyota Corolla Offers Impressive Value

Germain Toyota of Sarasota, your preferred Sarasota, Florida Toyota dealer, proudly showcases the exciting new 2016 Toyota Corolla.

2016 Toyota Corolla

A Best-Selling Trend Setter

The Corolla has long been one of Toyota’s best-selling cars. That’s not surprising. Now in its 11th generation, it’s a global phenomenon, becoming one of the most widely known and successful cars in the world. The reason? The Corolla is an exceptional value that packs the latest technology, excellent fuel economy, lively performance, and sporty handling into a stylish and modern package.

As fresh and modern as today’s headlines, the Corolla’s youthful appearance is bold and invigorating. Redefining the compact car segment, the features lines that are athletic and emblematic of Toyota’s refreshing “Iconic Dynamism” design philosophy.

Called “crisp and contemporary” by some automotive pundits, the Corolla impresses from any angle with its youthful good looks. New features such as standard LED headlights and daytime running lights, plus the unique black-out grille on the sporty Corolla S model give the Corolla a distinctive look. Add available 17-inch sport wheels and make a bold statement. Continue Reading →

March 10, 2016
by George Stamos
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14 Exciting Spring Events in Sarasota & Tampa

Springtime is a magical time of year up and down the Florida Gulf Coast. There’s so much to see and do throughout Sarasota, Bradenton, and Tampa Bay this spring, your friends here at your hometown Sarasota Toyota dealer, Germain Toyota of Sarasota, want to help by providing this handy calendar of spring events. Everything from festivals and art shows, to live entertainment, family-friendly activities, and exciting sporting events are on tap, promising to make this year’s spring a most memorable one for you and your entire family. So let’s get started!

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Photo credit: Beach Bistro.com

  1. Beach Bistro St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 15

Floats, dancers, bands and more make this special family-friendly event a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The parade starts from Holmes Beach City Hall at 4 p.m. and ends at 78th & Palm.

  1. Bradenton St. Patrick’s Day “Main Street Live,” March 17

Old Historic Main Street in Bradenton hosts a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day event with live music, food, and arts & crafts from 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.

  1. 26th Annual Florida Wine Fest & Auction, March 17 – 20

This gala affair at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Sarasota Bay features wine tastings, delicious food, live music, and a special auction. Visit FloridaWineFest.org for more details.

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“Fifth Avenue” by Jeannie Maddox. Photo credit: gasparillaarts.com

  1. 46th Annual Gasparilla Festival Of The Arts, March 5 & 6 / Gasparilla Music Festival March 12 & 13

The Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transformed into a massive festival of arts and creativity with live entertainment, food, special activities for kids, and so much more. The following weekend, the Gasparilla Music Festival gets underway with a varied lineup of exciting live musical entertainment, plus cuisine from some of Tampa’s top restaurants. Continue Reading →

February 22, 2016
by George Stamos
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Toyota Showcases “Future Of Mobility” At 2016 Detroit Auto Show

Many of us wish we could have a crystal ball or soothsayer to tell us what the future will hold. However, Toyota has already gone a step further at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit by pulling back the curtain on a remarkable array of futuristic mobility technology and engineering that will someday dramatically change the way the world gets from “Point A” to “Point B.”

Driving The Automotive Future Forward

In addition to displaying today’s full range of new Toyota vehicles, the automaker gave attendees and automotive journalists a tantalizing glimpse into a world where hydrogen fuel, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and a new generation of hyper-connected vehicles will transform our roadways. Much of this groundbreaking new technology is being developed at the new Toyota Research Institute (TRI), an incubator for these amazing new concepts.

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One of the most promising new technologies Toyota debuted at this year’s Detroit Auto Show is an entirely new form of satellite-based automotive communication. In partnership with Kymeta Corporation, Toyota displayed a unique Mirai fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) with this new “flat antenna” technology that could allow tomorrow’s vehicles to communicate directly with orbiting satellites for the first time.

According to Nathan Kundtz, CEO of Kymeta, this new “Spectrum Antenna” uses liquid crystals and proprietary software to track and lock on to orbital satellites automatically for uninterrupted, high-capacity data streaming. Toyota’s Senior Managing Officer Shigeki Tomoyama stated that the company has been aggressively pursuing this extraordinary new communications technology that historically has required a bulky fixed-position dish similar to those used to receive satellite-based television programming.

Toyota’s Vision For A Sustainable Tomorrow

The automaker also presented its unique FCV+ concept vehicle that exemplifies Toyota’s vision for a more sustainable and connected global society that relies on abundant, non-polluting hydrogen fuel. The concept vehicle can use an external source of hydrogen fuel to use as a source of electric power at home or on the go.

Flexing its green-technology muscles, Toyota also introduced the all-new 2016 Prius Liftback. Toyota takes its proven hybrid technology further than ever with the stunning new Prius Liftback’s bold new design, improved fuel economy, and enhanced driver comfort.

Redefining How We Interact With Cars

Toyota KIKAI Concept Vehicle

Toyota also gave attendees a look at KIKAI, a whimsical concept vehicle that shatters the traditional notion of what an automobile should be, as well as how people will relate to it. KIKAI pays tribute to the “craftsmanship, beauty, simplicity, and motion” of man-made machines. Continue Reading →

January 31, 2016
by George Stamos
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Introducing the New 2016 Toyota 4Runner

The new 2016 Toyota 4Runner at your local Toyota dealership in Sarasota, Germain Toyota of Sarasota, combines legendary off-road capabilities and rugged good looks with a stylish interior packed with advanced technology. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the 2016 4Runner’s off-road bloodline runs deep, making it the go-to off-road SUV of choice for those who take their journey of adventure seriously.

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For more than three decades, the Toyota 4Runner has epitomized what a true off-roading SUV should look like. The new 4Runner TRD Pro continues this rough-and-tumble legacy with an aggressive, no-nonsense exterior that’s ready for action. As Bengt Halvorson, editor of TheCarConnection.com puts it, “The 4Runner is authentic, and that’s part of what makes its rugged style work so well. It’s not just an image conjured up for marketing purposes; this truck family has had the same basic wagon shape for years. The beltline is high, the proportions are chunky, and the downward slope of the rear pillars are a direct callback to models going back three decades or more.”

Uncommon Interior Comfort

The TRD Pro’s spacious interior doesn’t scrimp on creature comforts. In fact, the TRD’s cabin features firmly bolstered seats swathed in red-stitched SoftTex® material. With premium materials, available leather steering wheel and leather seating surfaces, enhanced Entune™ Audio System with navigation, streaming audio, apps, and more, the TRD may look tough on the outside, but it offers premium comfort on the inside. Continue Reading →